A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

Side Dish

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

I was talking with a friend the other day, and we were talking about roasted vegetables.  And I said, you really don’t need a recipe. Just the basics. Cut the veggies the same size, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast for 30 […]

Roasted Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Roasted Tomatoes and Mushrooms

This couldn’t be more simple, so this will be a pretty short post. This was delicious and great for a weeknight. As often happens with me, I had produce I needed to use.  This time tomatoes and mushrooms.  So I cleaned and dried them, then […]

Slow Cooker Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Mushrooms

I am ambivalent about this recipe. The taste was great, but I don’t really like the soupiness of it. And so while I may try the method  again, what I am thinking of is trying to turn it into a mushroom soup. The recipe is […]

Red Potatoes, Green Beans and Bacon-Updated

Red Potatoes, Green Beans and Bacon-Updated

Every once in a while I make a concentrated effort to use up what’s in the freezer or fridge. Last week, my focus was on a bag of blanched and frozen green beans from the freezer. It seems like a good time for that summer […]

Gimme Some Oven Roasted Artichokes

Gimme Some Oven Roasted Artichokes

Gimme Some Oven is one of my favorite blogs to follow. I had noticed a post on roasted artichokes last spring, and it was at the back of my mind to make. Last week I was at Sprouts and they had gigantic artichokes so on […]

Gouda and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Portobellos

Gouda and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Portobellos

Here’s the backstory:  I’m trying to do a lower carb diet, and I got to craving one of my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches—roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Gouda cheese. I wanted the flavors, but not the bread. My first thought was to do caramelized onions […]

Melting Sweet Potatoes

Melting Sweet Potatoes

Why do my sweet potatoes look better before I cook them?!  And these look nothing like the pictures in the recipe. I had this recipe pinned for quite awhile, and finally made it as part of my quest to finish up what seemed like the endless […]

So what if it looks like it’s covered in fur?

So what if it looks like it’s covered in fur?

I was still trying to finish using up a bag of sweet potatoes, and I had a packet of organic turmeric that I brought back from Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica.  So, I decided to make some roasted sweet potatoes with turmeric, cinnamon and […]

Sweet potatoes mashed with orange juice and spices

Sweet potatoes mashed with orange juice and spices

I haven’t made these in a long time, and I don’t know why, I love them!  Well, maybe because Steve doesn’t love them, so I usually just make for myself. Tonight was the night.  I had two sweet potatoes left from a big farmer’s market […]

Could a hot Caprese salad (of a sort) be a thing?

Could a hot Caprese salad (of a sort) be a thing?

I thought about making the Caprese portobello mushrooms again last night, but apparently even walking downstairs to go to the garage fridge was too much work for me. So instead I sliced up the two tomatoes I had, got out the rest of the mozzarella […]